OUSD announces the new school year will start Aug. 19

5 1 OUSDOjai Unified School District announced Friday that students will return to school for the new school year on the regularly scheduled opening date of Aug. 19. 
OUSD Superintendent Tiffany Morse stated in an email and text to OUSD families on Friday that the school board is not considering an early start date, as Gov. Gavin Newsom floated for California public schools at a press conference this week.
OUSD also provided updates on high school graduation and grade-school promotions, summer school, Internet access, availability of thermometers, and an assistance program that provides free warmer-weather clothing:

Morse stated that since the district cannot hold a traditional graduation ceremony for high school seniors, it is “surveying senior students and families to gauge their preferences for available options.” It is also working on plans for modified promotions for other grades.

If any families need assistance, they are asked to call their children’s schools or fill out the district help form at:

“As we enter the month of May, we know that COVID-19 has changed the lives of all families and employees in our district,” the superintendent stated in the email. “Like you, we are seeking to understand how these changes will impact our work both immediately and well into the future. We don’t have all of the answers yet, but our administration, teachers, and staff continue to work together every day to serve our students and families.”


Other updates include:

Summer school

“We are still planning on summer school camps and classes for elementary, middle, and high school. At this time, we are still determining the appropriate model. By the start date of July 1, we may be able to have in-person classes of small student groups with additional online support. Or, if necessary, we can transition to online options. We will work directly with health officials to formulate appropriate plans for student safety in accordance with state, county, and Centers for Disease Control (CDC) guidelines. The Summer School catalog will be released next week.”


“We expect that our next order of hotspots for internet access will be available for distribution within the next two weeks. If you would like a hotspot, please fill out this Help form:
We prioritized distribution to high school students, and our next group will be available for middle and elementary students.”


“We received a donation of smart thermometers for distribution. They require a smartphone and app to work, and you may pick up one per family at an elementary campus during meal distribution times on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday,” from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., on all campuses.

Family Fund Clothing Closet

Last week, we started the Family Fund closet for families who need assistance with free warmer-weather clothing. Our first round of appointments sold out within minutes, but we will continue to offer individual "shopping" appointments every Tuesday. To schedule, simply click and select "District Office" then select ‘Clothing Pickup’ then select ‘Family Fund.’ The available appointments will be visible on that page.”


Also, the school board will hold a special teleconference meeting on Wednesday, May 6, at 5 p.m.

To see the agenda, visit:

The agenda includes an exclusive right to negotiate agreement for the Chaparral/school district property, 414 E. Ojai Ave., Ojai, and a contract with Sage Realty for property consulting and brokering services related to the lease of the district office. The agenda item has been postponed at the previous two school board meetings.

There is an opportunity at the start of the meeting for public comments on any topic or a specific agenda item by submitting it electronically at: 

The public can view the meeting online via:
— Or via District Facebook at

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